Best Ethiopia Sim Card For Tourist And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in Ethiopia

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 02:57 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best Ethiopia sim card for tourist. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card in Ethiopia. Why? You can get a Ethiopian prepaid sim card data packages valid for 30 days For 350 ETB=$9 USD with 4 GB data and for 700 ETB=$18 USD with 10 GB data.

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides, reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

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ETHIOPIA TOURIST SIM CARD

ETHIOPIA PREPAID SIM CARD BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in Ethiopia is really bad in general and with very little coverage. There is only one phone operator in Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in Ethiopia. It will be hard to get 4G and LTE you will have to be patient. We recommend you to get your Ethiopia tourist sim card outside the airport because prices and packages are better in the official stores.

WHERE TO GET YOUR ETHIOPIA TOURIST SIM CARD

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You can get your Ethiopian sim card almost from the airport to the official brand and phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages.

It depends on how long you will be in Ethiopia and how much data you will need. There are affordable sim card for tourists in Ethiopia valid for 7 and 30 days. Keep reading below!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD ETHIOPIA COMPARISON

There is only one phone operator in Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom. The coverage is bad and will be difficult to find 4G around the country. The packages are affordable but not the highest speed. Let’s compare prices and packages below:

Ethio Telecom

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Ethio Telecom is the largest phone operator in the country and with the best coverage. Ethio Telecom prepaid sim card costs 30 ETB coming with 15 ETB credit. You need a copy of your passport and the photo of the first page.

If you want to get data packages in Ethiopia for 80 ETB=$2 USD with 1 GB data and valid for 7 days. If you are looking for 30 days these are the packages: for 190 ETB=$5 USD with 2 GB data. For 350 ETB=$9 USD with 4 GB data and for 700 ETB=$18 USD with 10 GB data.

POCKET WIFI ETHIOPIA

If you prefer to bring Pocket Wifi in Ethiopia a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in Ethiopia you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices.

If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs. The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

BEST TIME TO VISIT ETHIOPIA

In Ethiopia has rainy seasons being the longest one from March to May and expect rains from November to January. We believe the best time to visit Ethiopia is during the dry season from June to October since the weather is better. But it will be peak season in Ethiopia

Click here to know more about the weather in Ethiopia!

ATMS AND CURRENCY IN ETHIOPIA

There are ATMs in Ethiopia and exchange offices in the main touristic points but you will have to use cash everywhere. The main currencies are accepting and the local currency is the Ethiopian Birrs around $1= 39 ETB.

Click here to know the exact rate.

DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN ETHIOPIA

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For transportation around Ethiopia by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in Ethiopia you can find juices and coffee for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $4-5 USD.

For accommodation in Ethiopia you can find deals starting from $15 USD per a room. If you prefer mid budget accommodation will cost $30-40 USD and for $70 USD you will find luxury accommodation in Ethiopia.

You can find nice Airbnb in Ethiopia starting from $20 USDYou can get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB when you sign up with us!

Click here to get the best deals in Ethiopia with Booking.

Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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